Make way for Geanna Culbertson, author of Crisanta Knight and an absolutely awesome new author whom I had the privilege of interviewing 🙂
Before we get started talking about her books, here’s a little information about Geanna:
Where are you originally from?
“I was born and raised in California”
What did you study at college?
“My major (or main concentration) was in Public Relations and then I obtained three minors (smaller concentrations) in Cinematic Arts, Marketing, and Critical Approaches to Leadership. That third minor was a mixed study of history, political science, and psychology.”
“I don’t have a favorite book. But my favorite book series is the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. I also love the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.”
Favorite Food/Drink/Ice-cream flavor?
“Sushi and burritos / Milk in a wineglass with ice / Mint Chocolate Chip (but only from Baskin Robbins)”
Favorite Music Genre?
“My iPod has a pretty odd assortment of music, but I tend to like pop the most. My favorite song of all time is ‘Lights’ by Ellie Goulding. I have probably listened to it about a million times.”
What got you into writing? At what age were you certain that you wanted to publish your own book?
“I wrote my first storybook with illustrations at age six. Since then I have always loved writing. As far as this book/series goes, when I started writing it all those years ago I didn’t really think about the publishing part. I just had to write, I had to get it out. It wasn’t until I came close to finishing that publishing became a clear goal.”
What does your writing routine look like?
“I write mornings, during lunch, and sometimes a little at night. This is my routine for pretty much every weekday. But I always try to give myself one day a week when I don’t write anything (usually Sundays or Saturdays). I think it is important to give myself some space from it now and then.
I don’t really set a goal for myself in terms of word count because I don’t know what’s going to come out of me. I don’t think a word count goal is helpful to anyone. You can no more force the quantity of writing in an hour than you can the quality. So I just delve in and see what I can produce in the time allotted.
Music really helps get the juices flowing. I have a bunch of different playlists to go with the tones of different chapters. Sometimes if I find a song that just fits the vibe completely, I will listen to it on loop for as long as I am writing that scene. For example, for the first half of the 23 Skidd match in Book One I loved listening to ‘Silhouettes’ by Colony House.”
Do you get writers block? How do you overcome it?
“Of course. I imagine every writer does at some point, but I have my ways for not letting it stop or slow me down. I actually wrote an article about this subject for someone who asked me a similar question via Twitter. It’s on my blog. Check it out, specifically tip #1 and tip #2.”
What tips would you give someone who would also like to write a book and get published?
“Never give up. Never let the fear or the odds stop you. Keep writing, and trying, and creating every day.”
Do you prefer reading hardback/paperback or do you have an e-book reader (e.g. Kindle) that you also like to use?
“I’m not an e-book reader. I love to hold a book in my hands; there’s nothing quite like that feeling.”
Do you have a favorite book quote?
“Ugh that is such a hard question. I guess I would say one of my favorites is from Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows:
Harry: Is this all real? Or is it just happening inside my head?
Professor Albus Dumbledore: Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry. But why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
Now for those you of you haven’t heard of Crisanta Knight, it follows a young girl named Crisanta Knight who happens to be the daughter of Cinderella, destined to become a new princess, completely complacent, submissive and above all, extremely princess-like. This is what she is taught at her fairytale-finishing school Lady Agnue’s School For Princesses & Other Female Protagonists, and she absolutely despises it, since she believes that she is more than just a proper royal. With her combat boots and magical wand, Crisanta ventures out to change her own destiny and break free of the curse which is keeping her from living the life she has always wanted.
Crisanta Knight is available in paperback and as an e-book. You’ll find the links on the CrisantaKnight’s website.
Do you have any other books planned outside of Crisanta’s world?
“Currently, I have three other series I would like to write. The ideas and characters are clear, but I won’t start on the next one until I finish Crisanta’s story.”
Don’t miss the second installment in the Crisanta Knight series, The Severance Game! The book cover and summary can be found here 🙂